One of my favorite days of the year: TMK Digital Media Venture Capital Conference

The Media Kitchen logoOn Wednesday, April 11, The Media Kitchen is hosting our 5th annual Digital Media Venture Capital Conference.  Here is the writeup from 2008, our first one we ever held.  It’s one of my favorite days of the year because it’s packed with inspiration from some of the greatest minds in venture capital, technology, and entrepreneurship.  For five hours on Wednesday, executives from Union Square Ventures, First Round Capital, LUMA Partners, OMGPOP, Adconion Media Group, PlaceIQ, Flurry, and Advertising Age are going to be taking our stage and talking about marketing, disruption, and mobile.  It’s going to be exciting.

I have one extra spot I’m holding for a reader of my blog.  If you’d be interested in attending, please contact me and let me know why you’d like to attend.  It’s from 8:30am-1pm in Tribeca (NYC) and you’d be expected to stay the whole time to maximize the opportunity.

Here are some of the topics of the talks:

The 2012 Industry Landscape—Challenges and Opportunities

Mention “the slide” to any industry vet and she’ll immediately know that you’re talking about Terry Kawaja’s famous “LUMAscapes”—the maps of how the different pieces of the digital marketing business fit together. Whether it’s how trading desks like Cadreon relate to DSPs like Turn in the display ecosystem, how Tremor feeds into Akamai in video and other companies across social, e-commerce, mobile, search and more, the LUMAscapes are, in the words of Google’s Neal Mohan, “the clear industry standard when it comes to understanding the digital media economy.” Today, we’re pleased to welcome LUMA Partners CEO Terence Kawaja as he outlines the most significant challenges and opportunities to companies trying to succeed in these rapidly evolving and inter-related ecosystems. Don’t miss this exciting keynote address!  Terence Kawaja, CEO & Founder, LUMA Partners LLC

The Past, Present and Future of Online Advertising

Can’t see the forest from the trees? Here’s a chainsaw. This presentation cuts through the complexity of the advertising industry by looking at its evolution over time. From the creation of the first billboard to the Exchanges, DSP’s, and Trading Desks of today, Ben Fox takes a comprehensive look at where the industry started and where it will go next. He exposes the forces that will drive change and takes a deep look at the technology systems that will be the foundation of the new online advertising ecosystem. Finally, he provides agencies, advertisers, ad networks, and publishers a roadmap to navigate the future space.  Ben Fox,  Adconion Media Group

Trends and Opportunities in Venture Capital and Mobile

First Round Capital has been one of the most active investors in NYC and across the country over the last several years, and one of the earliest to focus on seed stage investing.   Managing Partner Chris Fralic will discuss the forces driving the startup landscape, and where First Round is innovating and adding value.    He’ll also give an overview of some of the most important trends in Mobile, with real-world examples and insight, and what it means for brands and marketers.  Chris Fralic, First Round Capital

Zero to $200 Million in 30 days

OMGPOP CEO Dan Porter interviewed by Chris Fralic.   It took AOL 9 years to hit 1 million users.  It took Facebook 9 months.   Draw Something by OMGPOP took 9 days.   Dan Porter is the CEO of NYC’s OMGPOP who has literally taken the mobile gaming world by storm, and in under a month launched one of the most successful games ever and were acquired by Zynga for over $200 million dollars.    This is no overnight success story, though – Dan and the team worked for years developing other games and learning what worked and didn’t.  Find out how they did it, and what brands and marketers can learn, from virality, to game theory, and working your way on to and up the app store leaderboards. Dan Porter, CEO OMGPOP & Chris Fralic, First Round Capital

Inside the Trillion Dollar Media Revolution

Everyday, mobile applications appear to be disrupting multi-billion dollar industries raging from gaming and entertainment to transportation and logistics. In this session, Flurry will discuss the impact mobile applications are having on traditional media, the web and television and will also share insights on how mobile advertising is changing the way consumers are engaging with advertisers.  Simon Kalaf, CEO Flurry

The Future is Location Aware

“Location may be the biggest indicator of intent since search…” so the saying goes and we are out to prove it. In mobile advertising PlaceIQ is pushing the boundaries of privacy friendly audience targeting using the context of location as the key. We’ll discuss how, and show some specific customer examples. Plus discuss how the future is truly ‘location aware’ and what this means for the digital media industry.  Duncan McCall, CEO PlaceIQ

Why Everything You Know About Advertising Is Wrong

Well, maybe not *everything*. But if you think the future is about interruptive advertising, then yes, Union Square Ventures partner Albert Wenger thinks you’re mostly wrong, and maybe about to become obsolete. Technology is changing how humans interact with each other and if brands want to be part of that conversation they need to figure out how to add value in a way that’s “native to the user flow.” Advertising Age digital editor Michael Learmonth talks to Wenger about what that looks like and how the next generation of brands can thrive in the social web.  Michael Learmonth, Sr. Editor, Advertising Age with Albert Wenger, Partner, Union Square Ventures